Run and Shoot: Cheer The Turtle: Maryland Takes Down Rutgers

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Cheer The Turtle: Maryland Takes Down Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. You know that scene in Animal House where Bluto stands up and gives the impassioned speech about how it's not over until they decide it is (including the immortal question about whether it was "over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?").

I definitely have visions of it on a Saturday like this one.

West Virginia, dead.
Oklahoma, dead.
Texas, dead.

OK, well, they're not dead, of course, but their hopes of an undefeated season are. The part of that that happened at Rutgers Stadium was a 34-24 win by Maryland over the No. 10 Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers just couldn't get anything going consistently over the course of the game today. There were flashes of brilliance - most notably the two touchdowns in the last two minutes of the second quarter that gave Rutgers a 17-14 halftime lead - but the consistency just wasn't there for Rutgers today.

A few quick thoughts before I head down to the postgame press conferences:

Player of the Game: Keon Lattimore, RB, Maryland. Lattimore's yards-per-carry stats won't set the world on fire or anything, but he got the yards when Maryland needed them. Part of the credit here has to go to the Maryland offensive line on this one, but the big third downs and the second downs that set them up were often Lattimore's handiwork. A great ground performance was a huge part of Maryland's win, and Lattimore led the way with 32 carries for 118 yards and a touchdown.

Play of the Game: Dennis Campbell's fumble of a punt return in the second quarter. This was emblematic of everything that didn't go Rutgers' way today. The defense had just had one of its best series of the game, and Campbell gave the ball right back to Maryland with excellent field position - leading to a Terrapin touchdown - and Ron Girault was injured on the play. When you go back and look at this game, take seven points off the board for Maryland and give Rutgers one more drive starting from around midfield. A different story? Maybe, maybe not, but this was definitely a key sequence.

Next Up: Rutgers still has its entire Big East schedule ahead, starting with Cincinnati here at Rutgers Stadium next Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET. Maryland, meanwhile, hosts another team fresh off an upset - ACC rival Georgia Tech - in College Park at noon next Saturday.

Back in a little bit with quotes, more stats, and final thoughts.

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